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21 Nov 1942
  • Colonel General Eberhard von Mackensen replaced Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist as the commander of the German 1.Panzerarmee. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Philip was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Philip | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Soviet destroyer Sokrushitelny, which was disabled on the previous day after a severe storm tore off its stem, sank. The skeleton crew of 16 men which remained aboard was lost. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Lieutenant General Hitoshi Imamura met with the staff of the Combined Fleet at Truk, Caroline Islands and decided to give up Buna, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 2 | CPC]
Japan
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Yokosuka, Japan. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
South Africa
  • Former South African Prime Minister J. B. M. Hertzog died in Pretoria, Gauteng Province, South Africa, aged 76. ww2dbase [AC]
Tunisia
  • German Paratroop Engineer Battalion "Witzig" and Italian 1st Paratroop Battalion attacked British troops near Djebel Abjod, Tunisia; initially successful, they suffered heavy casualties when the British counterattacked later in the day. ww2dbase [Advance into Tunisia | CPC]

21 Nov 1942 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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